Ancient kiln highlights cultural celebration

By Wang Kaihao in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi and Sun Yuanqing in Beijing ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-06-15 07:24:34

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Hu said revered inheritors of old porcelain techniques now have studios in a park provided by the government to show their skills and simultaneously make ends meet.

There are 52 unearthed ancient porcelain-kiln relics in Jingdezhen. The discovery of the Nanyao Kiln relic of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) was listed among China's top 10 archaeological findings of 2013 by a panel led by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage in April.

"We expect to bring new experiences and feelings (on cultural relics) to the public via today's event," said Li Xiaojie, head of the administration. "This is also a good opportunity for all sides concerned to fulfill their responsibilities to protect relics, promote their capacity to exhibit items and better serve society.

"Cultural relics cannot be stored in attics and remain secret. They should be exposed to people's daily lives. Jingdezhen has set a good example of combining the inheritance of traditions and economic development."

The State Council established the second Saturday in June as China's Cultural Heritage Day in 2006. One city has been annually selected to hold the main celebration since 2009. This year's theme is: "Make cultural heritages alive."

According to Ai Chunlong, head of the city's cultural bureau, more than 100,000 people still take jobs relevant to this traditional craftsmanship.

"No other city in China is more suitable than ours to live up to this year's theme for Cultural Heritage Day," he said.

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